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Dübendorf (Switzerland)
1001 to 5000 employees
1880
Government
Research & Development
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Empa Reviews

  • "Good environment, great salary, few opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Dübendorf (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Dübendorf (Switzerland)
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    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Empa full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Friendly and competent colleagues
    - cheap canteen and accomodation
    - good facilities
    - close to Zürich centre and airport
    - great salary

    It's definitely a place where one would want to work for long, but it's not possible.

    Cons

    - not many opportunities for women or foreigners, unless they are well connected: you can be a good scientist with good cv, but you will see many Swiss who do nothing at all getting a permanent position while you have to leave.
    - limited time there (max 5 years), after which you can be kicked out
    - very few chances for contract extension or getting a permanent position, subject to the board's policy for future research.

    Advice to Management

    Think less about bs (integrate research into UN objectives, policy for the next years, merging with other institutions and consequences of the name change) and let people have a stable job to develop ideas and research.

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Empa Interviews

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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Empa (London, ON (Canada)) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I had two steps interview. step1: phone interview and step 2: skype interview I gave a presentation about my recent research and they asked me more questions related to my skills and experience with industrial companies. and more question if I am independent in research as a leader in a project and supervise other people.

    Interview Questions

    • I had a question based on my experience in working with industry and take a responsibilities for the project development and meeting deadlines. and also questions due to my soft skills like team work and also supervise people.   1 Answer
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